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'Mountain Stage' will help roundhouse again

October 31, 2000

'Mountain Stage' will help roundhouse again



By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The West Virginia Public Radio music show "Mountain Stage" has again agreed to help raise money for the renovation of the old B&O Roundhouse in Martinsburg.

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Host Larry Groce will broadcast a special show Sunday from Musselman High School in Berkeley County, W.Va. The production is based in Charleston, W.Va.

All proceeds from the 7:30 p.m. show will go towards the renovation of the roundhouse, said Judy Martin, who has organized past fund-raisers for the renovation project.

"Mountain Stage" first came to Martinsburg to benefit the roundhouse project last December. The well-attended show at the Apollo Civic Theatre For the Performing Arts raised $15,000 for the renovation of the roundhouse, Martin said.

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The show's producers said they enjoyed bringing the act to Martinsburg and would be open to the idea of a repeat performance, Martin said.

"They travel occasionally, but not often," Martin said.

General admission tickets for Sunday's show are $20 and reserved seats are $35, Martin said.

The headliner for the show is Recipe, which Martin described as a "jam band" similar to the popular rock group The Dave Mathews Band. A number of other performers will appear, including Ray Wylie Hubbard, a Texas songwriter who has written songs for Willie Nelson, Martin said.

At least $1.8 million has been raised for the renovation of the roundhouse, where train bridges and locomotives were repaired.

The first roundhouse was built at the site off East Martin Street in 1854, but the complex was burned by Confederate troops in 1861 during the Civil War. The roundhouse that stands today was built in 1866.

The Berkeley County Roundhouse Authority is considering turning the historic structure into a performing arts center.

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